Always great to be out
It’s been a little slow start here in the Selkirks. The snow is here but it is not the usual bottomless powder that we typically start the season with. Today felt more like May.
Regardless of conditions it is time to get out and condition my body. Today’s 4900 foot day was a challenge. Generally ski touring tires out the fittest people, it is a sport that wupps you into shape. Well today I was wupped. Maybe I didn’t drink enough water, or eat enough, whatever I was tired by the end. It will feel great to pass out tonight exhausted!
It really did feel like May. Warm temperatures ruined what powder there was and we were left wondering what we could do. It seemed like a great day to stand on a summit. So we toured up Balu and then up the west shoulder of Cheops. Once on the shoulder there is a great 1hr ridge climb to the summit. Cornices, rhymed rocks, it is a great hike to the summit. Easier in the early season while there is less snow. It makes it easier to differentiate between, rock and overhanging cornice. I was able to get some decent footage and had we waited for our descent we could have had some wicked Alpenglow turns. We still skied a great line, small chute that opens into a large bowl.
Great day to be out and always fun to summit something.